A turn of the 20th century landmark, La Margna Hotel has been a reference point for locals and visitors of St. Moritz for generations. In decline for several years, its new owners saw an opportunity to mark their entry into the Alpine market with an iconic renovation. While the elegant Art Nouveau common areas are to be preserved, the rooms are to undergo a contemporary update and an extension will accommodate additional rooms and a luxury spa.
Our design sees the local Tuff stone base of La Margna extended to create a series of terraces on which the main extension perches. The extension plays on the local vernacular of deep-set windows with kinked configurations around its openings, allowing for panoramic views of the lake and mountains. A language of cracks and breaks inspired by the Alps, accentuates lighting throughout the interior spaces. The renovation of the existing building was challenging due to restrictions to altering its small windows and steep saddle roof, as well as a unique brief requiring the adaptability of new hotel rooms into apartments. The plans therefore had to be cleverly rationalised to respond to existing conditions and prove adaptable for numerous usage scenarios.